Current and past projects

Here are some of our current and past projects.

Parents and children got stuck into making a new sculpture for the garden at the New Parks Children's Centre as a part of the BIG-UP New Parks project year 3.

This pilot project was a partnership between Soft Touch, Historypin and the University of Leicester Library to create a digital archive of photographs and ephemera about Welford Road Stadium, home of the Leicester Tigers rugby union club.

A “pop up” prison cell is being used to teach young people about the reality of receiving a jail sentence. The Crime and Time initiative saw the realistic portable cell taken to schools, youth groups and groups of young people identified as being at risk of offending.

Hundreds of children enjoyed brick building at a Lego fun day. The half-term event, hosted by Soft Touch Arts, encouraged children and parents to get creative with Lego.

A group of Gypsy Traveller Health Ambassadors have been working with Soft Touch for 6 months in 2014 to design health promotion materials for their community and for people who have limited reading abilities.

Style your space is a free nine week course that helps adults learn new skills that can be used to improve their home.

Our new building was employed as the setting for this experimental night of terror before the builders move in.

Soft Touch constructed an “Elves workshop” for the New Parks Winter Extravaganza which was held at New Parks Leisure Centre on Saturday 7th December.

Here are some pics from our highly successful business reception held on Halloween 2013. We were treated to positive speeches by Lady Gretton and Martin Maximilian Forbes Heatlie and the plans for the imminent building work were outlined by RG+P's Robert Woolston.

Our Well Cool group have once again been working with chefs from Maiyango in advance of them catering for our October business reception at our New Walk premises.

The event was held just before the annual SkyRide event and Soft Touch worked in collaboration with SkyRide, Leicester City Council, Cyclone Works and Enter Edem.

Barwell Youth Club are very involved in local community events and asked us to help with the creation of a go-kart, which would be driven at the Hinckley carnival and also entered into the local annual go-kart race.

A popular and successful summer project was ran on Gilmorton estate. Soft Touch worked with more than forty five local young people to paint a 15m wide mural and carve a totem pole.

Young people from the city and county got a chance to develop their music skills through our Elevated programme, which targeted places where there is very little youth provision.

Supporting young people to succeed through music mentoring.

Soft Touch worked with students at Hamilton Community College and Babington Community Technology College to create two series of books for secondary aged students who are at an early stage of learning English as a second language.

The installation was the result of a visual and audio dialogue between young offenders in Glen Parva Young Offenders Institute and a group of young men considered to be ‘at risk of offending' from Nottingham.

Eleven young women contributed towards the magazine, which included writing, photos, poetry and questions and answers.

Through the Media Asian Sexual Health (MASH) Fund, Soft Touch worked with young people to make two TV adverts with safe sex messages for national and local Asian TV.

We used the medium of animation to work with year 5 pupils on the topic of changing states of matter. The project was part of our Creative Partnerships programme in Mellor Community Primary School.

 A group of students at Mellor Community Primary School made the animations. All had difficulties with literacy and speaking skills and a few spoke very little English.

We were commissioned by the University of Leicester to make a film aimed at parents and family friends to encourage them to do activities with young children to get them counting.

The group got involved with all stages of film production including the acting.Family Flavour is a comedy drama which looks at generational expectations within Leicester's Asian communities.

Over the summer of 2002 we worked with Friends of Melbourne Street Garden to refurbish the garden which we had helped to create four years previously.